The Spanish doctor in Medicine and Surgery Fernando Ponte defends the importance of the veterinarian in public health, bromatology, infectious diseases, zoonoses, etc., and asks that they occupy a prominent place in the health system.

According to data published jointly by the international organizations FAO, OIE and WHO, 60% of the pathogens that affect man are of animal origin, 75% of the pathogens called “emerging” are also derived from animals (case of Ebola for example) and 80% of the pathogens have an interest in bioterrorism, such as those viruses that affect animals and are available in countries where the disease is endemic with the risk of deliberate release (for example foot-and-mouth disease).

Some institutions such as the international animal welfare organization AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection reveal worrying data on diseases found in exotic animals held in captivity in Europe that may pose a risk to public health.

“There are serious public health problems linked to this situation. In the last five years, throughout Europe AAP has rescued a series of exotic mammals that are susceptible to more than 120 different viruses, bacteria and parasites that can be easily transmitted to humans, including rabies and salmonellosis, ”they say from the organization.

«After analyzing the health status of the exotic animals we rescue, we see that many of them are carriers of viruses and parasites that can be lethal to humans,» they warn.

One of the advances to prevent these diseases would be to recognize veterinary centers as health centers. A recognition that different veterinary groups are fighting like the Valencian Council of Veterinary Colleges (CVCV). Its president, Immaculate Ibor, got a few months ago the support of all the associations of professions related to health, grouped around the Valencian Sanitary Union (USV), «to correct an obvious contradiction: veterinarians are already recognized by law as health professionals but its establishments, its clinics, paradoxically, do not deserve such consideration. »

Although, despite the obvious that the Veterinary seems in its role of ensuring human health, the Ministry of Health has excluded veterinarians, once again, from the tests of access to health training places to access the System National Health, which is chosen by health workers as doctors, pharmacists or biologists, among others.

A fact that surprises the Spanish doctor in Medicine and Surgery Fernando Ponte, “there are more than three hundred zoonoses, diseases shared by man and animals, has every right in the world to be there. Even more since the concept «a world, a health» in WHO and other international organizations has made its fortune, «he explains in an article for El Correo Gallego.

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